Meet the team

  • James Cundall MBE

  • Chief Executive

James Cundall MBE has had a unique career which has combined private banking at the highest level in Australia and Asia as well as producing the biggest global brands in live entertainment.

In 1992, concurrent with his career in finance as Director of Global Asset Management (GAM) and later as Chief Executive of the Asian/Japanese business of Rothschild Asset Management, James founded Lunchbox Theatrical Productions in Hong Kong, which over the next six years created a reputation for presenting quality international productions such as Les Misérables and the acclaimed Alegría from Cirque du Soleil.  In 1998 the company expanded its reach to Singapore.

In 1999 James moved to Sydney to take up the role of Director of Arts and Entertainment for Australasia with IMG, where he was responsible for over 30 productions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia during his four year tenure, including Cats, Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Chicago, Oliver!, Riverdance, Andrea Bocelli, Shirley Bassey, Ricky Martin, Bryn Terfel and Kiri te Kanawa, to name but a few.  In 2003 James joined International Concert Attractions (ICA) as Managing Director, a publicly listed company on Australia’s stock exchange based in Sydney, where his productions included The Blue Room, The Soweto Gospel Choir, The Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Show, Clive James and Pam Ayres.

James returned to the UK in 2004 to re-establish Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, which now has companies in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and The Philippines. Also at this time he and artistic director Tony Mercer established The Imperial Ice Stars, and have since toured The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice to worldwide popular and critical acclaim.

James spent the first five months of 2010 based in Shanghai, as Producer of the Outdoor Opening Ceremony of Expo 2010 Shanghai China, on behalf of David Atkins Enterprises.

Since 2004 Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has brought musicals, boutique shows, plays, international artists, concerts, spectaculars, ice shows, outdoor events and children’s shows to many millions of theatre-goers in 22 countries across five continents.

In 2018, James was included in the Queens New Year Honours and was awarded an MBE for services to the entertainment industry.

  • Rebecca Cundall

  • Director of Corporate Communications

Prior to establishing Lunchbox Theatrical Productions UK in 2004 with her husband James, Rebecca Cundall (nee Jackson) worked in television and consumer goods as a communications professional for 14 years in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. After working in Parliament for the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rebecca joined Television New Zealand in Auckland in 1990 as Corporate Affairs Executive. She then moved to Hong Kong with Star TV, a new pan-Asian satellite TV company, handling corporate presentations.

In 1994 she joined Coca-Cola China, based in Hong Kong, as the ‘number 2’ in external affairs, responsible for protecting and promoting the reputation of the company and its brands through media relations, crisis management, consumer promotions, community programmes and corporate hospitality. She also produced the company’s quarterly Asia-Pacific magazine.

In 1999 Rebecca moved to Sydney with Coca-Cola where she was responsible for consumer marketing communications and media relations across eight beverage brands in Australia and New Zealand. During her seven years with Coca-Cola, Rebecca managed the company’s hospitality programmes at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1998 Soccer World Cup in Paris, the annual Rugby Sevens Tournaments in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

In 2001 Rebecca joined the Australian Olympic Committee in Sydney as Sponsorship Manager, working to secure new sponsors and build relationships with existing sponsors, including hosting key executives at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

She then joined International Concert Attractions (ICA) in 2003 as General Manager, responsible for establishing their Sydney office and managing marketing/PR for a number of theatrical productions.

Rebecca and James returned to the UK in 2004 and set up Lunchbox Theatrical Productions’ UK office in Yorkshire. As Director of Corporate Communications, Rebecca oversees PR and marketing for the company worldwide, and is also a freelance consultant in PR and marketing.

  • Pollyanna Jenkins

  • Project Assistant

Pollyanna moved to York in 2015 to study at the University of York. Despite graduating with a BA Hons in English Language and Linguistics, all her spare time was spent performing, producing and facilitating student theatre. She was involved in over 25 productions with 5 different performance societies and has loved working backstage as a stage manager, producer, set design and publicity. She was the treasurer for two performance societies, the marketing ambassador for the linguistics department and the communication officer as a student manager for the York Students in Schools project.

Outside of her studying, Pollyanna worked as a teaching assistant for Triple Threat Theatre, Dance and Singing Company and as a skilled practitioner for The Challenge, National Citizen Service (NCS). In her third year of University she volunteered as a member of the management team at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) and also as the Youth and Education Assistant at Riding Lights Theatre Company. From June 2018 she joined the team as the Wagon Stage Manager at the debut of the Shakespeare Rose Theatre in York. After graduating in July and seeing out the close of SRT 2018 in September, she was invited to stay on as Project Assistant at Lunchbox and is delighted that she can continue spend all her time in theatre but now get paid to do so!

  • Charlotte Cundall

  • Events Assistant

Having graduated from Newcastle University with a 1 st Class BSc (Hons) in Agri- Business Management Charlotte went on to pursue a career in her first love of horses. Sadly after breaking her back twice in 2007 and 2010 it was time to have a career change and dust off the degree to get a ‘proper’ job. After time spent at both Goodwood and York Racecourse in both marketing and accounting roles Charlotte has latterly worked as the accounts manager for a successful Motorsport Team.

In 2015 Charlotte was classified to be able to compete in Para Dressage and is now aiming to compete as part of Team GBR at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. As well as competing internationally Charlotte is combining training alongside providing support to the team organising Countryfile Live at Castle Howard.

  • Peter Taylor

  • Group Finance Director

Peter Taylor has over 20 years’ experience in accountancy, although he started his working life as a nurse. He changed course in 1986 to pursue a career in accountancy. He studied towards the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants examinations for 10 years up to the final stage. Peter has worked in a variety of organisations, both commercial and not-for-profit, including North Yorkshire Emergency Doctors, Barratt Homes, VHA computer services, The Ward Group plc and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Peter joined Lunchbox Theatrical Productions in December 2005 and manages the company’s finances across a broad portfolio of productions in four continents. In 2013, he became Finance Director at Lunchbox. Peter is also a keen photographer and lives in York with his wife and two sons.